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by Emily Hirtle, Policy Program Assistant for AFR

According to the National Fair Housing Alliance, over 4 million instances of housing discrimination occur each year.[1] Although the Fair Housing Act of 1968 made housing discrimination on the basis of sex, race and other protected categories illegal,[2] the typical home headed…


By Emily Hirtle, policy program assistant

In the discourse surrounding student debt cancellation, some pundits and lawmakers have consistently missed the mark on the benefits this policy will bring. Too many have ignored the very serious ways that student debt is a disproportionate burden on women borrowers, and Black women…


As we celebrated the Labor Day holiday recently, there were many reflections on workers and their role in the economy. Naturally, this year those reflections included discussions of how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted working conditions and dramatically increased job insecurity and unemployment. In many ways the pandemic has laid…


By Faith Taylor

Throughout the pandemic, the federal government’s actions have worked well for the investor class but less so for everyday Americans. The Federal Reserve has ensured that corporate bond markets boom even as unemployment and hunger spread, and Congress is deadlocked over a new relief bill. …


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Post by Oscar Valdes Viera

In recent weeks, we have seen President Trump brag about the Opportunity Zones (O-Zone) tax break as part of his fictional track-record supporting Black communities, as well as push for an expansion of this tax giveaway to purportedly help jump-start a U.S. economy battered into…


Post by Oscar Valdes Viera

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Mass demonstrations across the country over the police killing of George Floyd have also highlighted the systemic racism in institutions across the nation. …


The Fed’s Agreement with BlackRock Raises Questions about Inside Information

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In order to respond to the ongoing pandemic, the Federal Reserve has created several facilities to purchase financial securities in order to attempt to stabilize the markets. Rather than run all of these programs themselves, the Fed has outsourced management…


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We all love our pets. Two-thirds of families have pets and during the coronavirus pandemic, many families are spending more time with their animal companions, giving us a look into the secret work week lives of our cats and dogs. …


By Alexis Goldstein

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In April, Senator Elizabeth Warren released a bold plan for free public college and debt cancellation. This transformational proposal takes direct aim at some of the deepest inequities in education in America, and it’s funded by her Ultra-Millionaire tax on wealth above 50 million. …


To celebrate her plan to gut consumer protections around payday loans, Percy the Payday Loan Shark stopped by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Wednesday to deliver a thank-you card to Kathy Kraninger, the agency’s director. …

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